GRANBURY — Perhaps it was merely October’s full-moon cycle.
But considering all the oddities observed during Friday’s District 7-4A showdown between Fort Worth Southwest and Granbury, one couldn’t help but wonder what other cosmic forces might have been at play at Pirate Stadium on Friday
Granbury’s Malik Allen scored twice in the last 11 minutes of the game and the Pirates twice converted on 2-point conversions, one by accident, in a come-from-behind 49-40 victory over the Raiders.
Allen rushed for 92 yards on 22 carries and quarterback Ryan Suitt was 14-of-24 passing for 270 yards and three touchdowns.
Suitt connected on touchdowns with Jacob Rose, Nick Doughty and a 60-yarder to Brenden King that kept the Pirates in the game when it appeared Southwest was poised to pull away.
Granbury improved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in district. The Pirates will play Aledo for the District 7-4A title in two weeks. Southwest fell to 5-2 and 3-1. The Raiders play Aledo next week.
Those details don’t do justice to all that transpired. Consider:
• On Allen’s first touchdown, which trimmed Granbury’s deficit to one, the Pirates elected to attempt the extra point to tie. Southwest, though, blocked it, but the ball was batted into the arms of Mitchell May, who carried it in the end zone for two points.
• Granbury regained possession on the ensuing kickoff when Southwest neglected to cover the short kickoff.
• On Allen’s second touchdown, Suitt’s 2-point conversion pass was deflected, but into the waiting arms of Skylar Baskin to increase the Pirates’ lead to nine.
• The game’s first timeout was called before the first snap when Southwest was slow to get to the line after kickoff.
• Southwest, behind the running of Jameion Williams, appeared in control of the game with a 40-27 lead, before King’s long touchdown pass.
• The Raiders ultimately were undone by 17 penalties for 175 yards, including eight of over 15 and at least five personal-foul penalties.
Granbury Pirates Nick Doughty (11) reaches across the goal line to score a touchdown late in the second quarter. Granbury High hosted Fort Worth Southwest in Friday night high school football October 18, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. (Star-Telegram/Ron Jenkins)
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